diy wedding program fans

September 30, 2014

diy / our wedding

diy wedding program fans  | almost makes perfect

even though we’ve made a ridiculous amount of things for the wedding — you’re probably wondering why i haven’t posted any DIYs for any of the projects. there are two reasons. one is that i didn’t want to ruin any surprises for the guests, the second is that we’ve been working at my moms house on everything because our apartment is way too cramped to do any sort of bulk projects. but her house is really dark, so i haven’t really been able to take process shots. i will still explain how i did everything when i get the photos though!

but here is one project that i can share right now, because it’s SUPER EASY and NOT REALLY THAT EXCITING.

we had been checking the forecast for weeks and weeks, and had been prepared for the worst (i’m talking 110°). why did we choose palm springs?! we felt like we were obligated to make the programs into fans, which was a little tedious to make, but they work surprisingly well.

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materials

  • two sides of programs printed on thick cardstock
  • popsicle sticks
  • scotch tape
  • double sided permanent tape

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directions

01 | print your double sided design, we had our bridal party listed on one side and our timeline for the evening on the other. we had ours printed on cardstock #100 at kinkos, which was a horrible idea. we spent way more than we would have liked on this, so i would suggest printing at home if you can.

02 | tape the stick onto one side with enough scotch tape to make it feel secure and tight.

03 | apply a piece of double sided tape to each corner of the paper, 4-5 small pieces works fine.

04 | take the other sheet and slowly line up on one side, slowly push down to the other to line up the full piece.

05 | carefully and gently burnish with your fingertips.

diy wedding program fans

place on every chair at your ceremony and any guest at a hot weather wedding will thank you.

diy wedding program fans | almost makes perfect

tulum honeymoon

September 26, 2014

style / wish list

while the wedding is TOMORROW — a lot of my excitement is building up for the honeymoon. in a few days, we’ll be sitting on the beach drinking margaritas and i cannot wait! the biggest problem with planning our trip is that i should have shopped for beach wear before the fall season started. i’ve been looking for a swimsuit in stores and it feels impossible.

we’re staying at two hotels and i’ll be instagramming away i’m sure. so follow me there and i’ll be back with a travel post when i’m home!

tulum honeymoon  | almost makes perfect

SOURCES

PORTABLE SPEAKER / TORRES CUFF / CHARLOTTE STONE SANDALS
J.CREW PANAMA HAT / ZARA JUMPSUIT / SUNGLASSES / LENA DUNHAM BOOK
LEATHER BACKPACK / SEA SALT SPRAY

give better gifts

September 23, 2014

gift guide / roundup

i’m super into giving people gifts they won’t throw into a closet and i’m also super into curating boards full of gift ideas (as you probably know) — so today i’m sharing with you guys this new website i’ve teamed up with called giftry. it’s the easiest way to find the perfect gift for whatever occasion comes up.

giftry lists

along with some of my favorite bloggers, i’m an influencer on the site – so we have compiled different boards of gift ideas. if you like someone’s aesthetic or pinterest, then that’s a really helpful resource when you’re looking for gifts online. and just like you get addicted to pinning, i started getting a little into making boards and doing some virtual shopping, mostly for myself. but maybe for you too.

you can start a board for the said-gift getter. so like : if gideon has a birthday coming up, i can create a board for gifts ideas for him. then i can share it with our friends and family and make sure he gets gifts he actually likes rather than add to a pile of gifts to give away when it’s someones birthday.

he actually got me in the habit of immediately writing down when he mentions he wants or needs something – so now i do it with everyone. i have countless text notes in my phone of gift ideas for all my relatives. it’s kind of the best way ever to keep track of good present ideas, so i highly recommend starting. and it works for non-material gifts too – i am always checking the performers at our nearby indian casino — because if someone good plays there, surprise tickets and a night at the hotel are the best gift ever. but that’s just one idea. i’ve also gotten my parents cooking classes, which they loved. we once got my little sister a beef jerky of the month membership. i really hate it when i get my mom the wrong gift and i see it with the tags on years later. so you can totally avoid this with giftry YAY!

giftry

i don’t know about you, but giving someone things they might actually want is way more exciting to me than giving them an itunes gift card. and you make sure your loved ones are on the same track for gift ideas can avoid the said closet toss.

anyway — you can sign up for giftry, check out my gift ideas and the rest of the influencers’, and maybe create some gift lists for yourself or someone real lucky.

THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY GIFTRY.
ALL OPINIONS AND PRODUCT CHOICES ARE 100% MY OWN.

roasted artichokes with miso jalapeño aioli by the artful desperado

September 22, 2014

guest post / recipes

roasted artichokes with miso jalapeno aioli | almost makes perfect

hey everyone! it’s gabriel from artful desperado with a foodie guest post.

so as you may know miss molly is getting hitched (yay!). that is one mammoth of a task to handle, i mean the invitations, the guests, the flowers –  i’m already dizzy. since molly and her friends and family must be running on a heavy sleep deficit and little energy to cook, i decided to share a recipe that’s A: super easy to make, and B: tastes like heavenly comfort. perfect for those OMG-i-totally-need-a-snack moments.

cue: roasted artichokes with miso jalapeño aioli. it’s spicy, it’s creamy, it’s rich and sexy. if you want you can totally light some candles and feed your date some artichoke while dipping it in the sauce – it’s like ghost the movie! minus the messy clay scene. here’s the recipe:

roasted artichokes with miso jalapeño aioli
serves 4-6

ingredients
– 4 medium/big fresh artichokes
– 1 lemon
– 1 tablespoon non-salted butter, soft
– 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 2 large egg yolks, at room temp
– 1 tablespoon white vine vinegar
– 1 tablespoon miso
– 1 small jalapeño, finely chopped (with seeds in for heat)
– salt and fresh cracked pepper to season

instructions
01.  preheat your oven at 375F
02. grab your artichokes and the top 1/4 (from the tip down). you should see some of the purple leaves exposed. if your choke has a stem, peel it the skin off and cut a bit of the dry end.
03. grab some pieces of tin foil (enough to wrap the choke completely). drizzle artichokes with a little bit of olive oil and place a few blobs of the soft butter in between the leaves. squeeze some lemon juice on them. sprinkle salt and pepper and wrap completely with foil.
04. place all chokes in the oven and bake for about an hour ( a bit more if they are huge). to test for doneness simply remove one of the middle leaves and if the bottom is soft and edible you’re good to go. once they’re done, remove from the oven and set aside (leave them covered).

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now let’s make the aioli.

–  place the jalapeno, miso, and egg yolks in a bowl, then slowly drizzle a bit of the olive oil, continue to whisk hard until you see it emulsify (looks like thin mayo), once this happens start adding the rest of the olive oil slowly. once it’s nice and thick, add the vinegar and squeeze the rest of the juice left in the lemon.

– adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and that’s it!

NOTE: if you have a food processor, you can skip the bowl and whisk and do it by drizzling the oil through the feeder at the top.

if your aioli splits, simply whisk like there’s no tomorrow.

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now let’s eat! get rid of the hard outer leave of the choke and get to the meaty ones in the centre, then dip and enjoy. when you get to the core, peel off the furry part and eat the heart. BEST PART.

congrats molly! see ya lata fellas!


A HUGE THANK YOU TO GABRIEL FOR GUEST POSTING
WHILE I’M AWAY ON MY HONEYMOON
VISIT HIS AMAZING BLOG + AND HIS GORGEOUS INSTAGRAM

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September 2, 2014

our wedding

i’ve decided that the radio silence has gone on long enough without at least giving a little update of where i’ve been. we’re TWENTY FOUR DAYS away from the wedding and between 24/7 wedding tasks and actual work, it’s all just been too much for me to be able to blog right now. there have been very few days where i’m not checking something off or making something, so i will have plenty of DIY posts when i can get that together. but here’s an update on where we are with this thing.

wedding invites

INVITES after two proofs and a lot of back and forth, we finally were happy with the invites we designed, which i will share soon. after spending two days hand addressing every envelope, we felt so good and so much relief. but then shit got real like right away.

THE WEEKEND while we have all our vendors ready to go, i’ve also been planning our rehearsal dinner and welcome drinks at my favorite palm springs restaurant. it’s been a little stressful choosing two menus, but i’m excited for the party. and i think i finally just found my dress for it maybe.

ATTIRE we’ve gotten gid’s suit and it’s at the tailor now! all of the bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids and flower girl have their dresses (i went with mismatched) and the groomsmen got some matching grey suits downtown that hopefully don’t look as cheap as they are. i’m not totally decided on my accessories yet but i think i’m close (going very simple with it, of course.) i have some simple sandals, a fancy bracelet and possibly a gold flower crown. and my final dress fitting is next week, EEEK.

bachelorette

MY BACHELORETTE PARTY my friends threw me a super fun girls weekend in palm springs at this amazing house they rented. we stayed in the pool gossiping, drinking a ton, we had matching heart sunglasses, we played a custom jeopardy game, painted our nails. this was by far the best part of the wedding for me so far.

DECOR my parents have been working with the same carpenter for over ten years now – so he offered to build our chuppah as our wedding gift! i am so excited to see it, it’s something my stepdad designed and will be all blonde wood like i like. we’ve picked out all of our rentals and i am feeling very good that we were able to get a cool modern look despite using any hipster-y rental companies. well let’s hope so. i have a couple of mexican blankets we’re going to toss around to try to decorate — and i have purchased a couple of kilim runner rugs on ebay for our aisle.

wedding florals

FLOWERS florists are so expensive, so for some reason – i hired mine to just do my bouquet and a couple of flower crowns, and then i enlisted the help of my stepdad to do the rest. well it’s been pretty stressful, we have a huge venue space with a lot of need for filling. we’ve taken multiple trips to the flower mart and picked our favorites and then gone back when we found out they wouldn’t last in the heat. we’re keeping it simple and going to use a lot of cacti and succulents and just a few flowers thrown in for color and warmth.

BOOZE we went to costco and bought a bunch of wine to sample, brought them home and had a tasting and have picked our wines. now we just have to buy it, along with vodka, beer, champagne. ugh. we’re just sticking with wine, beer and a speciality cocktail which we’re basing off of our favorite at the ace palm springs.

GETTING PRETTY i also decided to have my maid of honor do my makeup for the day. we went to sephora and picked out everything and i’m feeling very good about the makeup! i’ve also been exercising three times a week which has made blogging even more not possible. i’ve never been one for exercise, but barre is actually kinda fun and really hard – but by the time i get home and am showered it feels like i start my day so late. but i think my bod is looking good so that’s what matters. we’re also whitening our teeth. i had this plan 5 months ago that i would be getting bi-weekly facials, eyelash extensions, highlights, spray tan… i’ve done none of that. i guess i’ll try to exfoliate before the wedding as much as i can.

painting signs

MAKING WHAT FEELS LIKE EVERYTHING so far, we’ve made all of our dinner napkins. they’re linen. we’ve painted almost all of the signs that will be scattered around. we’re spray painting hundreds of candles and bottles for the tables. we’ve designed and printed our programs and menus. we turned those programs into fans. we’ve hand painted 300+ rocks for scattering. my best advice for making this much is to enlist your friends and family for assembly lines. my mom, cousin and i made 135 napkins in like 2 hours.

still on the list : we’re making a flower girl basket, hanging plant holders, dessert signs, a photo booth background, and probably a lot more than i’m remembering right now.

WELCOME BAGS you may remember i was debating whether or not i needed these, but all of my female relatives say YES. so instead of a wedding favor, we’re going to offer people a succulent from the table and have a bag waiting for them at the hotel full of a couple nice things and some snacks. we tried to keep the cost low so i skipped the sunglasses i was planning on putting in and subbed out for wholesale playing cards and advil. i’ll ALSO do a post on the wedding bag once we compile them. promise.

painted rocks

ADVICE i really thought making everything would be a blast, but it’s a lot. A LOT A LOT. and while we’re finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel now, in retrospect there are a lot of choices i would change. honestly, i would probably just elope in the caribbean. but i’m feeling very positive that we will get everything together and it will be my favorite day ever. but i’m also just really looking forward to laying on the beach in tulum and not making shit. i’m on DIY overload and sorry you guys aren’t getting to experience it. but i promise to get my act together and post them at some point. i do kinda miss this. a teeny tiny bit.

ginger shandy

August 11, 2014

happy hour

ginger shandy | almost makes perfect

where have i been?! i know, right. with about a month to go before the wedding — i’ve found planning and making almost everything for a wedding is kind of too much for a person. i’m feeling good about what we’ve accomplished but there’s so so much more to do – so that’s where i’ve been. and i’m sorry. i’ll do a wedding update post to fill you in all those details – but for now, HAPPY MONDAY. mondays suck so how about you make the easiest summer drink tonight after work?!

i love a good cold shandy (which is usually just beer and lemonade) but i am a HUGE fan of orangina because i’ve been drinking it since i was a tiny little orangina drinking child. all you have to do is mix together the ingredients till you see fit and drink up.

GINGER SHANDY
2 parts pale ale IPA
1 part orangina or lemonade
1 part ginger beer

(i tested it out with ginger ale, but the ginger beer tasted a lot better)

ginger shandy | almost makes perfect

do you have your own version of an easy beer cocktail or shandy?! please share, i love things that require no real effort.

my bridal shower

July 22, 2014

our wedding

while i’m super busy with wedding and work and in and out for the next little while, i realized i hadn’t shared any photos from my bridal shower.

we had the shower in my parents backyard, my stepdad is amazing at gardening and has turned the space into the most serene and beautiful little garden, so i insisted we have the shower there. he’s actually so good that i hired him to do the florals for the wedding. unfortunately, the mid afternoon shade made for pretty weird photos, as you can probably see!

bridal shower

the night before the shower, my dad and i went and got one giant bouquet of mixed flowers and i threw everything together in different vases and vintage bottles my stepdad collects. we also used all disposable napkins, plates, cups and flatware – which still managed to turn out really cute. for the favors, my mom got small pf candles for each lucky girl. i made little tags that said thank you and matched our napkins.

bridal shower

my bridesmaid and i picked up a bunch of white papel picados to “fiesta” the thing up from olvera street.

bridal shower

and as i mentioned, my very sweet fiance catered the whole thing. he made ceviche and two kinds of tacos : shrimp and cochinita. want the recipe for the shrimp tacos? here ya go.

bridal shower

as you can see, everyone helped out – my dad was very excited to be the waiter in his sous chef costume.

my bridal shower

my maid of honor had us play a dozen games, which was by far my favorite part. she recorded gideon a few days prior for the newlywed game, she then played his answers after asking me the same questions in front of everyone. it was the best thing ever.

we also did the obligatory toilet paper wedding dress contest. um – how amazing are these?! i think you can probably figure out who won.

my bridal shower

we also got the most delicious tres leches cakes from portos bakery – and i plopped a succulent on top to make it pretty. we also covered every eating and bench surface in mexican blankets.

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it was one of my favorite days ever, and definitely the best part of the whole wedding process so far. now i’m just so excited for the bachelorette party.

my shower

see how much fun i’m having!?